The Purge: Election Year Movie Review | by tiffanyyong.com
Recommended Audience: Fans of Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Edwin Hodge, Betty Gabriel, JJ Soria, Mykelti Williamson and thriller movie fans
The Purge: Election Year Movie Synopsis
The Purge: Election Year reveals the next terrifying chapter that occurs over 12 hours of annual lawlessness sanctioned by the New Founders of America to keep this country great. It’s been two years since Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) stopped himself from a regrettable act of revenge on Purge Night.
Now serving as head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), his mission is to protect her in a run for president and survive the annual ritual that targets the poor and innocent. But when a betrayal forces them onto the streets of D.C. on the one night when no help is available, they must stay alive until dawn… or both be sacrificed for their sins against the state.
The Purge: Election Year Viewer Rating: 3.5/5 ***
The Purge: Election Year Movie Review:
I’ve write quite a few reviews about how this third instalment of the trilogy wasn’t really good. But a friend really wanted to catch it, so I decided to watch it and provide a review coming from someone who hasn’t caught the first two movies. Ok, I have a low tolerance for gore, cruelty and sadistic elements. So this disturbing film was like a nightmare come alive for me.
Although the story takes place two years after the events of The Purge: Anarchy (2014), in March 2025, I couldn’t help but felt that this film seem to be a parallel with the current US presidential run. Hillary versus Trump, female against male, and no surprise (if you’ve watched the film) to know who the director is siding. The film is sadistic and cruel, yet it felt so believable as the backstory behind the Purge was realistically true. Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell) and Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) are the protector of human rights and equality, yet it was difficult to fault the on-point survival-of-the-fittest mentality the “founding fathers” had. That’s the harsh fact of life.
What made the film successful as a thriller was how it manage to create the air of tension by showing the audience what was going to happen. While many films will resort to jump scares, The Purge: Election Year does it by making me hold my breathe waiting for things I guess might happen to happen. The great chemistry between the Senator and Leo Barnes was so good that you won’t be surprised if they start smooching in the show (which of course, they didn’t).
I like how the director developed the characters of the underdogs, Joe (Mykelti Williamson), Marcos (Joseph Julian Soria) and Laney Rucker (Betty Gabriel). They belong to the lower class, they are on the receiving end of the Purge and they do whatever it takes to survive and protect their asset. I was able to feel for all the 3 characters, and there were so many moments in the film when I mumbled to myself, “oh no, he’s going to die, he’s going to die.” when Joe was so possessive over his convenience shop.
I like the touches director James DeMonaco put into the film. Instead of having one single lead surviving through the trilogy, he had a small but significant character surviving and evolving in the different films. Dante Bishop (Edwin Hodge) is the person who went through the 3 films, knowing the backstory of this character makes me want to go back and watch the previous 2 films.
So if you are wondering whether to catch this film when you haven’t watched the previous films, I would definitely encourage you to go ahead. If you have watched the previous ones, here’s a review by a friend who had watched all three!
Do You Know?
This was originally intended to be a prequel, telling the story of the very first Purge. This idea was scrapped when Frank Grillo accepted James DeMonaco’s offer to reprise the character of Sergeant Leo Barnes.
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